Don't worry, I've been using film for around 35 years, knowing sorta what I was doing for maybe 15 years, and I can't completely get my head around some of the zone system stuff. The whole "place this reading on this zone" part is where they lose me. It also doesn't help that there are a LOT of people out there who don't quite "get it" but tell other people how to do it. Especially when reading about it, it's not an easy concept. I think seeing it is likely a much better way to learn it and to understand what's going on. For those of us who've never had a scientific approach to photography taught to us, it isn't easy to just pick up (I was taught by artistic types more than by technical ones). Those who do understand it might forget what it's like to be at the beginning.
Originally Posted by MatthewDunn